MIKE DALGETTY, the long-serving Director of Rugby and Board member at Melrose, is to step down from both roles at the end of the season.
The role of Director of Rugby will be shared next season between former Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat and Colin Meager, who was previously a key figure in the highly successful Melrose Wasps youth programme.
“Rob and Colin have already started planning for next season and are reviewing everything from a blank canvas,” said a statement issued by the club this morning. “A commitment to supporting existing players and creating stepping-stone opportunities for local youth talent are at the forefront of their plan.”
Dalgetty will remain involved at the Greenyards, assisting Rob Chrystie in running the Southern Knights Super6 franchise.
“A former President of the club, Mike has served as Director of Melrose Rugby for over 20 years,” said the statement. “Over that time, he has been instrumental in guiding various Melrose teams to huge successes, including four Scottish Premiership titles, three Scottish Cup wins and many Sevens tournament accolades.
“More recently, working closely with the SRU, Mike was hugely influential in bringing the new FOSROC Super6 franchise to the Greenyards, with the launch of the Borders representative side, the Southern Knights, in November 2019.
“Both on and off the field Mike has never failed to put Melrose at the top of Scottish rugby, thanks to his total commitment and dedication.”
Melrose president Douglas Brown said: “We thank Mike for his remarkable support over the years, both on and off the field at the Greenyards. His time at the club has been one of the most successful periods of the club’s history. We wish Mike all the best in his new role with the Southern Knights and hope that he enjoys more time with his wife and family.”
Dalgetty said: “Being the director of rugby at Melrose over the past couple of decades has been an honour. We are so fortunate to have an abundance of rugby talent, strong leadership, determination and passion in the Scottish Borders. It’s been such a joy for me to have been involved and to share in the many successes we’ve been fortunate enough to have had over the years.
“The launch of the Southern Knights has really excited me, and I look forward to continuing my involvement with them as the semi-pro tournament builds credibility, support, and provides great progression opportunities for players. Now is the right time for me to step aside and allow others to enjoy the privilege of directing rugby at this wonderful club.”